Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Dr. Dietlinde Quack

Senior researcher

Special Expertise

Main areas of research: Sustainable food systems, products and consumption


  • Sustainable food systems
  • Sustainable agriculture and food management
  • Product and company-related climate protection
  • Product policy, including implementation of the European framework directive EuP
  • Labelling


  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Expert interviews
  • SWOT analyses
  • Transdisciplinary research methods
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)
  • Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF)
  • Product Sustainability Assessment (PROSA)

Key Projects

  • GOBIOM: Design options for economically sustainable biodiversity-enhancing milk production systems in the model organic regions of Freiburg and Ravensburg (project management)
  • STErn: Socio-ecological transformation of the food system. Shaping the future through the participation of pioneers of change and economically relevant actors
  • EcoTopTen – the platform for ecological top products (project management)
  • Shaping ecological change – implementation and updating of the Integrated Environmental Programme 2030
  • Sustainable, long-term stimulus to overcome the economic consequences of the Corona crisis
  • Strategic further development and scientific support of the activities and services of the Competence Centre for Sustainable Consumption
  • Consumers4climate: How to position consumer organisations as relevant players in the debate against climate change?
  • Sustainable consumption – strategies for societal transformation
  • Trafo 3.0 – Governance model for socio-ecological transformation processes in practice: development and testing in three areas of application
  • Scientific investigation to increase product-related energy efficiency
  • Consumer requirements on carbon footprint or CO2 labels

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 1999: Researcher at Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division 
  • 1994-2000: PhD studies on “Influence of energy standard and constructive factors on the environmental impact of residential buildings: a life cycle assessment; demonstration project: low-energy houses Heidenheim”, RWTH Aachen University; degree: Dr. rer. nat.
  • 1992: Course in environmental management at the vocational training centres of the Bavarian Federations of Employers (bfz); degree: Environmental Management Specialist
  • 1985-1992: Diploma studies in Biology, University of Würzburg and State University of New York at Albany; degree: Dipl.-Biologin (Diploma Biologist)

Language Skills

English, French


Dr. Dietlinde Quack